6. Honda Accord Coupe
Looking a good deal like the current model, the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe Concept certainly didn’t make out list due to its breakthrough design. What makes this latest Accord so important is that it will be the first Honda model to utilize the brand’s new lineup of engines and transmissions, which the automaker claims will earn best-in-class fuel economy ratings.
Honda will offer a new direct-injection 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with either a 6-speed manual or a new CVT (which we’ve already driven). Alternatively, a V6 will continue to be offered with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. In addition, Honda will offer a plug-in hybrid Accord that will offer 10 to 15 miles of electric range, when you want it. Driver’s will be able to choose when to use the stored electric energy, saving it for a more ideal portion of their commute, ie., when they’re stuck in traffic or driving in an urban environment.
Honda says the new Accord will be slightly smaller than the current car and will be lighter, though it will offer the same interior room.
New safety features will also be offered, including a forward collision warning and lane departure warning system, as well as a new Honda Lane Watch blind spot monitoring feature that will use an LCD screen to actually show you what’s in your blind spot.